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. >> good evening, lester. it looks like one more job will be lost to the oil spill and u.s. government officials say it is the position of ceo of bp. a post held by tony hayward since 2007 until apparently very soon. since the oil started gushing back in april, bp has tried to weather its own storm surrounding it. and ceo tony hayward as the public face of the company has only made waves. >> i'm not stonewalling. >>> he stated that the size of the spill is tiny compared to the size of the gulf of mexico. while the crisis roiled, he attended a yacht race and then these memorable words. >> i'd like my life back. >> well, now it looks like he has it. reportedly, bp's board has been negotiating his departure and he may resign as early as tomorrow. one day before the board is set to announce a huge second quarter loss. bp is saying mr. hayward remains the chief executive officer and has the full confidence of our board and senior management. calling the reports just rumors and speculation. on the front lines today, boats that had to leave ahead of the storm are back. to continue preparing t
. some of the documents ripped the cover off the u.s.-led war effort in afghanistan. they tell a story that some veterans of the region know full well. more civilian deaths than are ever reported, unexplained american deaths, questionable battlefield tactics and a mission just not going that well. this comes just as the u.s., of course, is gearing up this new push in the conflict. we have two reports to start off with tonight. first, our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. this massive leak provides incredible detail and insight into the u.s. war in afghanistan. day by day, battle by battle it's a tough look at the worst of the war. the staggering mountain of documents, nearly 92,000, covers a six-year stretch of the war ending last december when the u.s. war effort was failing and the taliban was on the rise. the secret documents were released by the whistleblower website wikileaks and its founder, julian assange. >> the real story of this material is that it's war. it's one damn thing after another. it is the continuous small
where general david petraeus is warning that things would probably get worse for u.s. troops this summer before they got better has sadly proven graphically true. it's been an awful 24 hours for american forces in the war zone. eight more americans killed in attacks including one especially daring raid by the taliban in the critically important city of kandahar. that's where we are joined tonight by nbc's jim maceda at kandahar air base. jim, good evening. >> reporter: brian, today was a terrible taste of what is expected to be a bloody summer here in southern afghanistan as u.s. and coalition forces increase the tempo of their operations trying to push the taliban out of their heartland. today, eight more u.s. troops were killed and we saw the whole array of the taliban arsenal. they used suicide car bombers. they used roadside bombs. they even went toe to toe with u.s. forces in a gun battle. in kandahar city and overnight in a compound that housed u.s. troops and the most elite afghan police. this was an attack on the heart of the surge, but, brian, that surge has barely begun. about
of the u.s. but there they were, those russian spies discovered living in america, having blended into american society. tonight they are en route out of here and they are part of a spy swap, ten of them being exchanged for people in russia accused of spying for the u.s. we start off tonight with our justice correspondent pete williams in our washington newsroom. pete, good evening. >> reporter: brian, there's never been anything quite like this. from arrest to guilty plea to expulsion from the country in just 11 days. it's the legal system driven to hyper speed by a u.s. desire to improve relations with russia. assembled quickly in a federal courthouse in new york city, all ten admitted that while they pretended to be just the folks next door, they were actually sent here to be secret agents for russia. one by one, they spoke their true russian names, then pleaded guilty to being unregistered foreign agents. the judge accepted their pleas and sentenced them to time serves -- less than two weeks, freeing the government to send them to russia in a cold war-style prisoner exchanged,
and center as president obama spent the day in michigan talking about his decision to bail out the u.s. auto industry and pointing to gm as an economic comeback story. we got a new measure of just how the economy is doing overall. the gross domestic product which is the broads -- broadest measure of economic growth weakened to 2.4%. >>> in more unsettling news growth numbers from 2007 to 2009 revised downwards which shows the economic meltdown was even worse than previously thought. nbc white house correspondent savannah guthrie joins us with the white house's take on where all this puts us. savannah, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, ann. one senior white house official told me today you've got to look at the big picture. 18 months ago the economy was falling off a cliff. today it is growing, but even officials here acknowledge that this recovery is running into some headwinds. [ applause ] >> reporter: the president today in michigan, taking a short spin in chevy's new hybrid electric vehicle. in the heart of car country, mr. obama hopes to highlight a turnaround story, an am
before the race. >> not even close. >>> on the broadcast tonight, the slowdown. news tonight about the u.s. economy, jobs, housing, stocks and what many hoped would be a rebound. >>> the spies who lived quiet lives in america were working for russians. tonight, a stunning admission. >>> the struggle in the gulf. stormy weather slows the cleanup but doesn't stop people making a difference for friends and neighbors. >>> and the secret. how do some people make it to 100? how do some people make it to 100? "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. i'm ann curry in for brian williams. new signs tonight the economy is slowing down. from a jump in unemployment benefits to a record low number of home sales to slowdowns in manufacturing, construction and auto sales, it's all pointing to an economy that looks less healthy than it did a few weeks ago. and that was reflected in the stock market today. the dow closed down another 41 points standin
bye-bye spies. big exchange between the u.s. and russia since the cold war. >>> end game, bp's latest plan to contain the gusher and why there will be more oil before there is less. >>> plus the ripple effect on hard-working gulf families. >>> making a difference by bringing new hope, eye in the sky. >>> and lebron james feeling the heat after playing the guessing game. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in for brian. there was such fan a fair just two weeks ago are back in moscow tonight in a scene straight out of the pages of a novel, the ten who had been living here posing as americans were swamped on an airfield for four russian citizens. two of them arrived in washington just a short time ago. now apparently free men, but nonetheless pawns in an east-west game most of us thought was of a bygone era. we have more on this story. martin, good evening. >> yes, sir, good evening. it was the quickest spy swap experts could remember. quickly ending an embarrassing spy scandal between the united states and r
become u.s. citizens on a military base that used to be saddam hussein's hunting lodge. >> against all enemies, foreign and dhesic. >> we're in the middle of this marble palace, making a lie of everything he stood for. i find it delicious that that's happening. >> reporter: joe biden is here at a critical time. the u.s. forces drawing down, but becoming more diverse. iraq is much safer, hundreds of soldiers were able to go on a run, but in ramadi, a female suicide bomber attacks. another in mosul. while the vice president and his wife spent time with the troops. >> having worried so much about your son, how does it feel to be here yourself for the first time in iraq? >> well, i'm glad he's actually not here. i think it would more difficult. i just feel for all the families. i know what it's like and how much worry it is. >> part of the problem for most of the military back home is that it's only 1% of the country fighting this war. 99% appreciates what they do, but they don't know. they don't know. this brings awareness to the fact these guys are making one hell of a sacrifice. >> repo
troubles for the ranks of the u.s. army. we begin with our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. the army promises to fix its mental health problems and put its soldiers first, but it's got a long way to go. as a specialist in the army jennifer crane was sent off to afghanistan. >> two weeks after we landed there, we were attacked for the first time. >> reporter: the war took a heavy personal toll. at home she got hooked on cocaine and ended up on the streets. >> unfortunately, didn't cope with anything very well. >> reporter: jennifer got the necessary counseling and is back on her feet, but a devastating new report from the army today reveals that after nine years of war, thousands of soldiers never survive their own personal battles. >> we have an army that's been fully engaged for almost nine years now. i don't think that we fully understand the toll that that's taken on the forces. >> reporter: the numbers are staggering. last year, more than 1,700 soldiers attempted suicide. 160 succeeded. the highest number in 30 years. and drug abuse is
legal showdown over arizona's tough new immigration law. the u.s. justice department is trying to block the new law before it goes into effect next week. today was their first day in court. our own lee cowan is in phoenix covering. lee, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. most people think the federal government does have a pretty good case here. the problem may be the timing. how do you ask a federal judge to quash a state statute even before it goes into effect? arizona today was arguing, at least give us a chance to prove ourselves first. [ chanting ] >> reporter: with just one week to go before arizona's new immigration law is scheduled to take effect, the protests outside the federal courthouse in phoenix today were louder than ever, on both sides of the debate. >> the law is black and white. you're either breaking the law or not. >> reporter: inside, the federal government was asking a judge to block the law, arguing arizona can't establish its own immigration policy, largely, it says, because it may interfere with federal enforcement of the nation's immigration laws.
. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. this trip comes at a critical time. the u.s. has promised to end its combat mission in iraq by august 31st. and draw down troops to 50,000. iraq has still not created a permanent government four months after it held elections. on this visit, biden brought his wife jill to help celebrate independence day with the troops. their son was deployed here in 2008 and 2009. she wants to focus on the challenges facing military families. as the vice president arrived, he got filled in by senators mccain, lieberman and grant who are winding up their visit to iraq. biden was briefed by general ode narrow. >> i remain optimistic about a government being formed here that will be representative of all the major pafrties. >> reporter: tonight senior officials traveling with the vice president say the u.s. is still on track to end its combat mission by the end of the summer and draw down troops. even if iraq still only has a care taker government. lester? >> nbc's andrea mitchell in baghdad, thanks. >>> to richard engel in afghanistan where the new m
, nbc news, new orleans. >>> fascinating. now to a big topic on the minds of a lot of people, the u.s. economy. consumer confidence plunged to the lowest levels we have seen in almost a year according to new numbers out today. the stock market went down along with it. the dow lost more than 261 points on this single day of trading. cnbc's senior economic reporter steve liesman is with us. as you know, these figures that are coming out lend fuel and credence to the fear that we are going to have what's called the double dip recession. you're coming up near a recovery only to fall down again. how real is it? >> i think the fear is very real on the street. not a lot of optimism on the economy, although most economists, including those at the federal reserve, say that's probably not what's going to happen. although looking at the consumer sentiment numbers it was the eighth biggest drop we have had. the kind of drop we have seen for example around 9/11 and consumer pessimism rose and also the financial crash back in october. so it's one that's very well worth watching, but so far the sens
. >>> if you have been a tourist, as many of us have, in a lot of big u.s. cities adjacent to a body of water, you have seen or taken a ride on one of the so-called duck boats, amphibious vehicles that ride like a vehicle and a vessel in the water. there was a tragedy involving one of them today in the delaware river in philadelphia. our own stephanie gosk is following the story from our newsroom. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. on a hot summer day a boat ride may have seemed like a good idea, but the 35 passengers and two crew members on the duck boat tour ended their afternoon struggling for their lives. their small 18-foot vehicle burst into flames causing the engine to stall. the 250-foot barge slammed right into them. the duck boat capsized, flinging all 37 passengers into the water. emergency crews including local rescue workers and the coast guard rushed to help, pulling survivors onto speedboats. rescue teams are still searching for a 16-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man. >> we're doing everything that we can to search for the unaccounted for individuals.
of june, which we reported showed that record 103 u.s. fatalities. u.s. commanders continue to warn that casualties are going to get worse because coalition forces are now taking the fight to the taliban and al qaeda in kandahar province, their backyard. u.s. commanders are saying they are hurting the enemy, having killed or captured hundreds of insurgents in a series of nighttime raids over the past couple of weeks. some of these raids have certainly backfired. today hundreds of afghans took to the streets in the northern city, protesting what some u.s. officials are calling the unintentional deaths of afghan security guards during a joint raid. the goal of the surge is to bring trust and confidence to the afghan people through better security. increasingly, that's looking like it's having the opposite effect. >> jim meceda in afghanistan. >>> president obama promised new help today to veterans of began dpan and all other wars. he announced plans to make it easier for or men and women in uniform to qualify for benefits if they suffer what is known as post traumatic stress disorder.
. >> reporter: the caption on this lawsuit says it all, u.s. versus arizona. the judge is being asked by the federal government to block this new law before it takes effect july 29th. the justice department's lawsuit targets a brand new arizona law, requiring police to arrest and detain anyone suspected of being in the state illegally. president obama, attorney general holder and secretary of state clinton have been criticizing it for months, the lawsuit comes just three weeks before it takes effect. a sponsor of the law condemns the suit as caving to pressure from mexico. >> we have an administration that ignores the damage of this country while they pander to president calderon and ignore their responsibility. >> reporter: justice department lawyers argue in their lawsuit that a state may not establish its own immigration policy that interferes with nationwide rules. it says arizona's approach will divert federal attention away from illegal immigrants who threaten public safety or national security. the constitution and federal laws the government says do not permit the development
by allied forces looking for two missing u.s. navy personnel feared either captured or killed by taliban forces. the two apparently wandered off base. they drove off base on friday. they have not been heard from since. there are sketchy reports of a firefight that they went the wrong way down a particular seat. the u.s. military are saying the two are enlisted personnel there training afghan forces. meanwhile, yet more bad news from the south of afghanistan near kandahar city. five americans killed today, earlier today in afghanistan. during that offensive as american forces try to push taliban forces out of kandahar. that is a traditional stronghold of the taliban. all five were killed by roadside blasts including four in one blast. lester, this comes as the president ordered plus-up of 30,000 extra american troops that he ordered back in december. that is still under way. yet more challenges for the president's afghan policy here in washington as the house and senate have so far been unable to agree on a $60 billion war funding bill. there is fear they won't get that done before they l
closer to the u.s. coast guard cutter, the converted supertanker "a whale" comes into view. so do streamers of oil. the giant skimmer, ten stories high and three football fields long, has the capacity to take in 500,000 barrels of oily water every ten hours. paul zukunft says it has weaknesses and needs more trial runs. >> the biggest challenge is that the oil is widely distributed in narrow bands. "a whale" 1,100 feet long and maneuverability is a major problem. >> reporter: through the rain you can see the helix producer, the third containment vessel and it's scheduled to come online on ey will capture more than els 53,000 barrels of oil a day. >> right now we are looking at 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil a day. if we are able to intervene at the source, it will give us a good indication of what the flow rate really is. >>> a permanent fix is riding on two relief wells. bp may seal it this month, ahead of a previous august estimate. >> you have a seven inch pipe trying to intercept another seven-inch pipe from three miles away. it would be premature to get our expectations up.
, in the meantime, what's the immediate impact on the u.s. fighting force in the field? >> well, it certainly gives them new information, those who haven't had access to it. but no one thinks it's going to change the way they provide intelligence, because it's a hallmark of the new war fighting that everyone have access to as much information as possible. >> all right, as we continue to sort through it, andrea mitchell in our washington newsroom to start us off. andrea, thanks. >>> meanwhile on capitol hill in washington, there was a nomination hearing today for the marine corps general picked to replace david petraeus in afghanistan. a big job. and general james mattis is another one who like the recently retired general mcchrystal is a very blunt talker and veteran warrior. our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski has more on the hearings and the general. >> reporter: this is not exactly what general james mattis had in mind when ordered to take the hill. but in his senate hearing today, mattis, true to form, did not pull any punches. like his reaction to the leak of thousands of classified do
, an african nation that's tried, with u.s. help to bring peace to somalia. the twin attacks hit soccer fans gathered at a rugby club at a sports bar in the last moments of the world cup final, turning a thrilling sporting event into an horrific bloodbath. among the survivors, a 14-year-old american, thomas kramer. >> there was this big explosion and the next thing i knew, i was on the ground with a whole bunch of rubble. >> reporter: his mother was injured. the attacks most likely by suicide bombers killed 74 including one american, a member of another u.s. aid group, 25-year-old nate henn, devoted to helping uganda's children. >> it is my life. it's all i do. >> reporter: he had grown up in wilmington, attended the university of delaware, but was drawn to uganda only a week ago. he was nicknamed the strong one. >> he was willing to go the extra mile and sacrifice a lot to do whatever we asked him to do for the cause. >> reporter: al shabaab, an islamic militia designated by the u.s. as a terror group has sworn allegiance to al qaeda. they have tried to impose the islamic law on somalia, st
, there is a lot floating in the gulf of mexico. tonight we got a fresh look at it aboard a flight with the u.s. coast guard. on coast guard flight from mobile, alabama to the deepwater horizon site in the gulf of mexico, pilots began spotting oil miles offshore. the closer they got to the damaged well, the more oil they saw. >> i didn't see any until we were probably 30 or 40 miles offshore. then we started seeing some of the stuff, temustified below th water >> reporter: millions of gallons of oil are still in the water drifting with the winds and currents. in some areas there are long streaks of oil. elsewhere, there are miles and miles of sheen. >> it's starting to turn brownish. >> reporter: every day these planes fly over the oil slicks far off the gulf and off the shore directing skimmer boats and alerting officials about where the oil is headed next. all along coastal alabama today some of that oil washed in with the tide. cleanup crews are using a variety of methods to try to stay ahead of it. the steady stream of oil makes it impossible to control. patty and michael hicks are visiting
in california and try to get the hold lifted. if that doesn't work, arizona could try to get the u.s. supreme court involved but that could take several months at least, brian. >> okay. pete williams rounding out our coverage for now from our washington newsroom. pete, thanks. >>> it was 100 days ago the people of the gulf coast were just getting ready for the summer tourist season. working on the fishing grounds, some drilling for oil. we got word one night that a big rig had gone up in flames. we later learned it was a bp rig called the "deepwater horizon." we did not know then that it would change life in the gulf. tonight, the oil is no longer billowing out. there is a temporary cap on the well, but look at the damage. 630 miles of coast land coated with oil. a third of the fishing grounds will be closed indefinitely. that right there is a way of life. our own anne thompson has covered this virtually from day one. she's in venice harbor, louisiana, tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. as crews zero in on finally killing that well, the people who live around the v
weekend, as you may know, visiting some of the more than 90,000 u.s. troops stationed in that country and talking politics with local iraqi officials. andrea mitchell traveled with the vice president. she asked him about an incident yesterday in which several mortar rounds were fired near the u.s. embassy just as the vice president was getting out of his vehicle. >> we heard this whistle, went over our head in the automobile. apparently not too far away there was an explosion. so the secret service said "we should go inside, sir." i said, "let me finish this debrief." but i pulled the covers over my head and went to bed. >> no one was hurt. the vice president's son is a veteran of the war. he served as a captain in the army national guard until last year. >>> back here in this country, there is new attention being paid tonight to a movement within society. specifically the federal government. it's the so-called sovereign citizens movement. they claim the government has no control and a deadly shootout in arkansas raised new concerns about the group. we have more tonight from our justi
with lightning speed to dismiss a mid-level official with the u.s. department of agriculture. in a controversy over what appeared to be damaging racist remarks captured on videotape, and then posted on a conservative blog. tonight we have learned a lot more about the story, and about the woman in question. we begin our coverage of this fast-moving story with nbc's savannah guthrie. she's in the white house briefing room in the west wing. savannah, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. white house officials say the decision to fire this official, shirley sherrod was solely at the discretion of the agricultural secretary, tom vilsack. the president was briefed afterwards and fully supports the decision. it's the video that became an overnight cable and internet sensation. >> the first time i was faced with helping a white farmer save his farm. >> reporter: posted on a conservative website, it shows shirley sherrod at an naacp dinner in march of this year describing her initial reluctance to help a white farmer who came for aid. >> i was struck by the fact that so many black people had
in more than four decades. but u.s. officials know that the overriding issue is security. and that means getting pakistan to go after the insurgents based in this country who are killing u.s. troops in afghanistan. lester? >> andrea mitchell traveling with secretary of state, hillary clinton, in pakistan today. the secretary has more on her mind these days than matters of state. her daughter, chelsea's wedding is now less than two weeks away. we'll hear what she had to say about that a bit later in the broadcast. >>> when it comes to politics, there's no such thing as a summer vacation. and vice president biden stepped into the fray today, predicting that democrats would quote shock the heck out of everybody in this november's mid-term elections. >> when people take a look at what has happened since we've taken office in november and comparing it to the alternative, we're going to be very, we're going to be in great shape. we're going to win the house and we're going to win the senate. we're not going to lose either one of those bodies. >> biden's remarks come a week after white house pr
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